About EDGE

The EDGE program is organized by small grade level groups that stay together for the whole year. We aim to have no more than 10 middle schoolers to a small group, led by a 2-3 Core Team members. Core Team members consist of adults and high school junior and senior students.

A typical EDGE Night

Gather all small groups together for large group activities: opening music and prayer, announcements, overview of the night, celebration of Baptismal dates, and ice breakers.

Proclaim the lesson through scripture, skits, games, video clips, and/or witness/catechetical talks.

Break into small groups and get into the meat of the topic. In the small groups we may have discussion questions, small group activities, video projects, skits, and/or crafts.

Send forth the youth after rejoining the large group to be reminded how to live the lesson in their everyday lives!

A typical EDGE Month

2 catechetical theme nights.  The theme for the 2017/18 year is “Social Justice”.

1 issue night. An issue night covers current issues that are relevant to this age group: peer pressure, gossip, stress, self image, depression, bullying, friendships, cheating, taking care of our earth, advent, lent, etc…

1 social night. Social nights are designed to build our EDGE community. We have game nights, team building nights, movie nights, bingo nights, a Halloween party and an end of the year celebration.

Service

Service projects are also a component of the EDGE. It is important to learn about our faith, but we must also live it! Through the year we will do service projects together monthly at an EDGE Night.

  • October – Prayer Shawls
  • November – Thanksgiving boxes
  • December – Christmas Stockings
  • January – Sock Drive

EDGE also leads the Prayer Shawl Ministry at St. Joan of Arc. We make prayer shawls for those in need of our prayers and support.

  • EDGE students can sign up to participate in the Prayer Shawl Ministry on the EDGE Service SignUp Genius link.
  • Anyone can request a Prayer Shawl for themselves or a loved one. It can be for any situation in which the recipient is in particular need of prayers-illness (either physical or mental), death of a loved one, celebration of new life, etc. For each request, the 7th and 8th graders make a fleece, tie-blanket prayer shawl and a personalized card and note. They then pray specifically for each prayer shawl recipient.You can fill out a prayer shawl request HERE. After filling out the form you can either print it and drop it off at the Parish Office or Youth Ministry Office or you can save the file to your computer and then email the completed form to Gina McCormick.

Retreats

The first opportunity for a student to experience an overnight retreat at St. Joan of Arc is the 8th Grade Hands and Feet Retreat.
For more information about retreats please call the Youth Ministry Office at 830-4720 or click the retreat name for the flyer and permission slip.

Retreat Description Date Location
NET Strength in Numbers On site retreat for 6th, 7th and 8th graders March 11, 2018 St. Joan of Arc MPR
Hands and Feet 8th graders are you ready to accept the challenge to be The Hands and Feet of Christ here on earth? Come take the challenge! March 23-25, 2018 Lafayette Retreat Center
Just 5 Days For entering 7th, 8th and 9th graders – Hands on Youth Mission Week July 9 -13, 2018 Sacramento, CA